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Who will win the Orange Bowl?
A January trip to South Florida should not be played down, but it'd be hard to believe the two Orange Bowl teams aren't a little disappointed with their postseason destination. Clemson entered the year eager to prove itself a title-caliber team, only to see that dream shattered by a crushing defeat to Florida State in October. Ohio State got even further, needing a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game to earn a trip to the BCS championship contest (needless to say, the Buckeyes didn't get it). Still, if these two teams show up motivated, it could be quite the shootout.
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CFB: (5) Florida St. at (3) Clemson
Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers entered the season with national-title hopes. Florida State and redshirt freshman Jameis Winston? Not quite. But here they are in Week 8, a pair of top-five teams faced with what might be a BCS championship elimination game. FSU hasn't won at Clemson since 2001. Will the untested Winston be able to handle the pressure?
Clemson, FSU remain undefeated
Freshman phenom Jameis Winston is good, really good. Winston had career-highs with 393 yards and five touchdowns in No. 8 Florida State's 63-0 win over No. 25 Maryland. It was FSU's largest margin of victory over a top-25 team in school history. The Seminoles were equally as impressive on defense, holding the Terps to just 234 total yards. But for as good as Winston is playing right now, Clemson senior Tajh Boyd might be playing even better. Boyd had 363 passing yards and four touchdowns at halftime against Syracuse and finished the game with 455 yards and five scores. Both have undefeated records through five weeks of play. But which is the better team? Which QB has impressed you the most?
Who stood out in college football?
We've still got one big game on the college football Week 1 slate -- No. 11 Florida State heads to new ACC rival Pittsburgh on Monday night -- but the vast majority of business is done. And it featured far more than Johnny Manziel's antics. Clemson made a statement by beating Georgia. The FCS similarly stood out, beating seven FBS opponents. A pair of Heisman-eyeing quarterbacks showed this could be quite a race. Who won the weekend?